Pontypridd, Wales. 2009 - Dane Campell and Tom Jenkins (drums and vocals respectively) have a dream. A dream not dissimilar for many young men… form a band, record an album, hit the road. More often than not, this dream is only ever that. For the newly formed Straight Lines though, with the addition of Todd Campbell (formerly of Dopamine) on bass and James Pugh on guitar duty, it was not long before reality really struck home.
As much through adopting punk-rock DIY ethics as it was juggling the financial implications of a new young group recording an album, the band holed themselves up in Todds’ home-made recording studio in his garage. Bucking the trend of many bands of similar ilk, they wrote, produced, mixed and mastered their debut 12 track offering Persistence In This Game before they even played one live show. An intense month of hard studio work paid off. Having taken their recording duties seriously, it didn’t take long for a serious label to show interest. Xtra Mile Recordings (home to Frank Turner, The Xcerts, Reuben) released the album in early 2010 launching with the ferocious lead single vs. The Allegiance. Expertly blending pop/punk melodies with big riffs and sweetly apt concisely delivered lyricism, the press weren’t too far behind.